Monday, March 05, 2018

A man of integrity ...

Paul Newman is no longer with us but he left a legacy that few can rival. Many years ago I heard a TV announcer interview him and he said that he and JoAnna had decided to put a cap on the amount of money they needed to lead a good life.

He went on to say that a person, or persons, could only have so many “toys” and, in a world that was overcome with poverty and hardship that he felt it was a crime to just keep on getting without giving back. He said he intended to live by these words.

While movies brought in the big bucks it was his love of driving race cars that filled the latter part of his life and I just watched a documentary about that. As a matter of interest the 2006 animated film“Cars” was his last film. He was the voice of a 1961 Hudson Hornet and also helped check the authenticity of the races.
Newman's Own, his line of salad dressings, sauces, and snacks gives every bit of the profits to education and charitable purposes. Since it's inception over $250 million have been donated. 

Many needed causes have found an answer through his selfless contributions but I think his favorite might have been the Hole In The Wall camps.  The first one was started in 1988 and there are now camps all over the world. It provides a memorable free holiday to children with life-threatening illnesses. 

And his reward:





Blogger Marie Smith said...

Those eyes alone could melt a heart but his work which continues is wonderful!

4:59 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I also greatly admired Paul Newman and his wife for their selfless generosity and actually prefer the Newman's salad dressings to other products. Admittedly, they may be pricier than a supermarket or other brand, but knowing the proceeds go to help others makes the cost worthwhile to me and certainly to many others.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

How nice to be reminded of his good attitude and deeds.

10:49 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

and his wife was a great actress in her own right. I always admired him...:)

3:13 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

My friend Possum is having trouble posting comments but I loved what she shared here so I am copying it and here it is:

I remember hearing a wonderful story about Paul Newman - back when they used to put pictures of missing kids on milk cartons????? He was at one of his summer camps and was having lunch with a bunch of the kids there when one of the kids saw Newman's picture on (?) the salad dressing(?) or some such product. The kid kept looking at Newman and at the label and back at Newman. Finally the child reached over and tapped his hand and quietly asked him if he knew he was missing.

Of course, it might not be true, but knowing kids as I do- I can see this happening. I think it is a fun story about a kind and generous man. I bought a jar of his Marinara yesterday!

11:15 AM  

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